Get involved in the LiDA course!
As I mentioned in my last two posts I am working on an OERu course, which we are crowdsourcing content for. Below is an announcement about it from Wayne Mackintosh and details of how to get involved. Learning in a Digital Age (LiDA) has been confirmed by the OERu Management Committee as a course for […]
Crowdsourcing a curriculum
Today’s social media enable you to interact with people around the globe, to pose and answer questions, to seek advice. I have nearly 1,500 friends on facebook and nearly 9, 000 followers on Twitter. I an eternally grateful for how generous people are with their time, providing support and answering queries. I noticed that Alec […]
OERu Learning in a digital age course
I have just started doing some consultancy with the OERu foundation and in particular Wayne Mackintosh. The focus is to design a course on ‘Learning in a Digital Age’ (LiDA). The target audience is first-year undergraduates and the aim is to help them develop their academic digital literacies so that they can use digital technologies more effectively […]
Erik Duval
It was with great sadness that I heard this weekend that Erik Duval lost his battle with cancer. Erik blogged about his experience over the past few years and his posts were raw and honest, touched with a hint of his humour. I think I first heard Erik give a keynote, possibly at an Edmedia conference, and […]
Using social media for learning, teaching and research
Conole social media_final from Grainne Conole I ran the second session of the Innovating Pedagogy seminar series today at Bath Spa. The focus was on using social media for learning, teaching and research. The session was broken down as follows: The characteristics of new media An activity on what participants’ digital network consisted of Using […]
Innovating Pedagogy
We have recently launched a new seminar series at Bath Spa University, called Innovating Pedagogy. The idea is that each seminar will critique a particular aspect of digital technologies and consider how they can be used to support learning, teaching and research. The sessions will consist of two parts; an overview presentation of the topic […]
Issues in education studies
Image source:  I’ve just marked the second assignment for the Issues in Education Studies course  (ED5001) that I am a tutor on and I thought that whilst it is fresh in my mind I would write a blog post, summarising some of the key themes that have been developed in the course, along with […]
New Learning Design book is out!
I got my copy of ‘Learning Design: conceptualising a framework for teaching and learning online’ through the post recently. It’s always nice to see your work in print! This book is the product of a group I have been part of over the past few years. The group was headed by James Dalziel; who had […]
Games, play and learning
Image source: Yesterday I took a class for a colleague, for a module called “Games, learning and play”. The session was a chance for the students to describe a series of games that they had produced and an opportunity to play them. They had been working in teams to produce the games. The session […]
The argument for slowing down…
I’m preparing for my keynote this afternoon at the AECT conference in Indianapolis and it got me wondering about how ‘new’ each talk should be. For normal talks I think it is good to focus on something, report on new findings from a project, etc., but a keynote has a different purpose. It is more about providing […]
Using iPads for learning, teaching and research
Image source  I did a show and tell session today for our monthly team meeting on how iPads can be used for learning, teaching and research. It was a useful session, here are some of the resources I mentioned. iPads in the classroom  iPads for teaching Teaching with iPads Teaching with iPads BBC resource on […]
Resources for writing a dissertation
I have recently been teaching our Masters students. I was planning on providing them with an overview of using technology in education, but it was clear that what was uppermost on their minds with their dissertation. So we ended up having an open session of questions and answers. I really enjoyed it. Here are the […]
Designing effective MOOCs
I am currently writing a paper which I hope to submit to Educational Multimedia International which looks at effective ways of designing MOOCs. Here is the draft to date, comments welcome! Abstract Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have expanded significantly in recent years and are challenging traditional educational fee-paying offerings. The advantages of MOOCs are […]
Internationalisation, cross-border education and e-learning conference
Image source  A few weeks ago I did a keynote at the internationaalisation, cross-border education and e-learning conference in Nicosia. Here are some notes on some of the other speakers. Michael Gaebel (head of the higher education policy unit, European University Association), gave a talk entitled ‘Trends in Higher Education Internationalisation’. He pointed to […]
TELL-OP survey
I am current involved in an exciting EU project called TELL-OP being coordinated by Murcia University. The project focuses on the development of mobile Apps for second language acquisition. We are currently undertaking a survey and would be grateful if you could take the time to complete if this is of interest to you. Here […]
1.     As many of you know I am pretty open on social media and on the whole the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. It’s great to get comments on blog posts, get people replying or retweeting my tweets, participating in debates on fb or remotely following a conference. But recently I have had some experiences […]
Designing effective MOOCs
Image source:  Next week I am taking part in a symposium entitled ‘Design issues and participation in MOOCs’ along with Pambos Vrasidas and George Veletsianos, at the ‘Internationalization, Cross-Border Education and E-Learning Conference‘, which is taking place in Nicosia, Cyprus on 4 – 5th June. The symposium will explore three main questions:  What are […]
Digital technologies… two sides of a coin
  I did a keynote at the LINQ conference in Brussels last week, I focused in particular on the positive and negative aspects of digital technologies, i.e. that there are always two sides to a coin. I began by showing one of the Pearson videos on the future of education. The videos are great as they really give a […]
Tips and hints for getting the most out of conferences
Conferences   Last week I gave a keynote at the LINQ conference in Brussels. It got me thinking about the value of conferences and how to make the most of them. So I have put together this list. Is there anything I have missed?   Good way to present research findings and get feedback. Good […]
How do you promote e-learning?
Image from a blog post  Part of my role at Bath Spa University is to promote the use of technology for learning, teaching and research. I am just about to take over chairing the school of Education’s e-learning group; one of our first tasks will be to articulate a vision for e-learning and a clear implementation […]
My personal digital network
  As part of my talk this morning to the librarians I shared with them my personal digital network. I use social media on a daily basis, both for work activities and in my personal life. I use Facebook and Twitter extensively; Twitter is mainly for professional purposes, such as: tweeting useful resources, disseminating research, […]
Characteristics of digital technologies
Image source:    I am doing a talk here at Bath Spa University to the librarians tomorrow morning and have been working on my slides. I plan to give an overview of digital technologies before describing my research around three phases of the evolution of technologies over the last thirty years or so: multimedia […]
The OER15 conference
Chilling with Catherine Cronin, David Kernohan and Laura Ritchie  This week I attended the OER15 conference in Cardiff. It was held in the Welsh College of Music and Drama a fabulous venue. The conference was excellent, lots of things to take away. As you might expect the online presence was really good, an excellent website, including an […]
Reflecting on today’s mobile learning
  Image from   I recently got an iPad Air, which I absolutely love! It’s great for surfing the net, posting on social media and answering emails. First thing in the morning will find me snuggled on my sofa with a cup of tea, iPad Air in hand. Tables and smart phones mean that […]
The affordances of digital technologies and user behaviour
    So as part of my new job at Bath Spa University I got a Mac Book Pro and an iPad Air. I leave the former in the office (after a disaster two weeks into the job when I spilt liquid on the first Mac Book Pro). The latter I take everywhere with me. […]
AACE’s list of Ed Tech folk
  I often say to people that social media has changed the way I work. I have been blogging since 2007, following very good advice from my colleague at the OU, Martin Weller, he said to try and blog on a regular basis, think of things to blog about (reflections on papers or conferences, working […]
Seminar in the castle!
As part of the DiTE (Diversity in Teacher Education) project we are running a series of seminars. Today’s was given by Kate Reynolds (dean of education) and Pat Black. The focus of the seminar centred around two key questions: What is a qualified teacher and what is PGCE? And what are the associated policy issues? […]
Tools to facilitate collaboration
Image Bild: CC BY-NC-SA Some rights reserved by Opedagogen   Nice blog post today by Alastair Creelman on collaboration. He begins by arguing that ‘Learning involves collaboration and interaction…’ He points to a guide that has been published, which describes the following facets of collaboration: Collaborative writing Shared workspace Curate Plan News gathering Screencasting Network E-meetings […]
The power of social media
  Image from   A posting on fb by Ebba Ossiannilsson this morning prompted me to think about how I find information, get ideas and write. I always tell my PhD students that it is important for them to develop a clear strategy for doing their literature review. This includes brainstorming appropriate keywords to […]
Diversity in Teacher Education
  Image from   I have just taken over leading the DiTE (Diversity in Teacher Education) project at Bath Spa University. In this post I will summarise the main focus of the project.   There is a major policy debate nationally – and indeed internationally – about the efficacy of different approaches to teacher […]
The working environment
Now into my second month at Bath Spa University and I already feel as if I have been here forever 😉 Very impressed with the working environment. Stunning campus, nice office now complete with pictures. But there are a number of other things I am impressed with. Printing on the go (I know it’s nothing […]
Learning to learn
Picture from the Innovating Pedagogy report.   I read a blog post this morning, which argues that learning to learn will be the most significant classroom innovation in the next ten years, for both teachers and students. It’s always dangerous to make predictions about the future; none of us could have possibly imagined the impact […]
Developing students’ digital literacies
There is a nice JISC report out on ‘Developing students’ digital literacy’. They define digital literacies as ‘the capabilities, which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society’. They list the follow seven elements: Media literacy – critically read and creatively produce academic and professional communications in a range of media. Information […]
The journey from Chemistry to e-learning
Conole career trajectory from Grainne Conole     On Monday I am giving a talk as part of International women’s day. The focus is on my career trajectory. It is interesting now and again to stop and reflect on your career, the key trigger points and the reasons for changing direction. Like many people I […]
Designing MOOCs
I attended the kick off meeting of an Eramus+ project, LoCoMotion in Delft on Monday. The project is creating a MOOC on designing MOOCs. The project is lead by Brian Mulligan from Sligo Institute of Technology. The other partners are from the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. We had a wide ranging discussion around the vision […]
Designing MOOCs
I attended the kick off meeting of an Eramus+ project, LoCoMotion in Delft on Monday. The project is creating a MOOC on designing MOOCs. The project is lead by Brian Mulligan from Sligo Institute of Technology. The other partners are from the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. We had a wide ranging discussion around the vision […]
Learner generated content
I am currently working on the Create C Chapter of my new book – Learning Design: a practical approach. One section describes ways in which learners can generate content. The table below lists the different approaches that can be adopted. Am I missing anything? Technique Description Annotation The learners annotate a resource and then summarise […]
NMC Horizon 2015 for HE
The New MediaConsortium Horizon report for HE 2015 is now out. As always it makes interesting reading. This post summarises the key issues that are likely to have an impact on Education in one, three and five years. In terms of trends in the short term, the focus is on increased use of blended learning and redesigning […]
A new beginning…
So I am half way through my first week at Bath Spa University. They have put together an excellent induction programme and I am in the process of meeting various people and finding more out about the University and various initiatives/projects. I can’t believe how stunning the campus is, it has to be one of […]
I am currently in Dubai running a three-day workshop for CLICKS. Today’s focus was on the 7Cs of Learning Design. Good evaluation overall. Good evaluation of the design workshop today: Three words: Active, creative and focused Interesting, interactive and though-provoking Interesting, innovative and full! Interactive (activity-based), enlightening (even in my own space), tiring Informative, networking and […]
EMMA project meeting – Madrid
  I am currently in Madrid at an EMMA project meeting. It has been a useful meeting and timely, given we have now run the first round of MOOCs. Five providers delivered seven MOOCs in the Autumn. Leicester ran two MOOCs; one on Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) and one on Learning Design. We each summarised our reflections on […]
Final face-to-face METIS project meeting
I am currently in Barcelona, where I have been attended the final face-to-face METIS project meeting. The project finishes at the end of February. We had the project officer with us, Anila Troshani, it was nice to meet her and she had lots of useful, practical advice for us. The meeting provided us with a chance to […]
Diseño para el aprendizaje
   Esta tarde voy a dar una charla en español, aquí es mi transcripción. Mis dispositivas estan aquí. Slide 1 Gracias por la invitación . Voy a tratar dar esta charla en español, pero algunos pueden estar en Inglés .  Slide 2 Soy irlandés , pero vivo en Inglaterra. Tengo un doctorado en Química y comencé […]
Time for change…
So after just over three years I am leaving the University of Leicester at the end of this month. I have enjoyed my time there, particularly working with colleagues in the Institute of Learning Innovation. I want to thank them for their hard work and endless enthusiasm. We achieved a lot; over 500 K euros […]
The Consider C chapter
So I am making progress on my new Learning Design book, albeit slow… I have been working on the Consider C chapter, i.e. looking at the reflective and assessment aspects of learning. A central tenet of importance is Bigg’s concept of constructive alignment, i.e. ensuring that the assessment elements cover all of the intended learning outcomes. […]
Guidelines for completing the VMPass learning passport
Image source As part of the VMPass project we are writing a set of guidelines for completing the VMPass learning passport. A draft of these is described here, along with an example of a completed learning passport. Comments welcome! VMPass Learning Passport Guidelines  The VMPass project is developing an accreditation framework for informal and non-formal […]
Running a 7Cs of Learning Design workshop
Someone asked me today about how to run a 7Cs Learning Design workshop. Here are my suggestions. An ideal number for the workshop is 25 – 30, with participants working in teams of five. At the beginning of the workshop, they need to agree a course or module to work on. Give each participant a handout with […]
Validating the VMPass Learning Passport
The VMPass project is developing a framework for the accreditation of informal and non-formal learning, a topical issue, which is generating a lot of interest at the moment, particularly because of the implications of learning through free resources and course, such as OER and MOOCs. A related project, OpenCred, has carried out a detailed review of accreditation of informal […]
Blended learning – putting policy and principles into practice
Picture via @epipeum on Twitter As part of today’s EPIGUEM Blended Learning Meeting, Mark Brown (from Dublin City University) gave a talk on blended learning. Mark will make his slides available on slideshare in due course. The focus was around three questions: What do we mean by blended learning? How do we translate the principles of blended learning […]
EPIGEUM Blended Learning Meeting
I gave a talk at an EPIGEUM Blended Learning meeting today in London. After an introduction by the CE Terry Sweeney, David Lefevre (co-founder and chairman) gave an overview of EPIGEUM, it’s origins and focus of activities. This is an interesting business model for course production and delivery. Courses are designed by a team of experts and […]
A chapter on policy uptake for OER and MOOCs
I am currently writing a chapter on policy uptake for OER and MOOCs, drawing in particular on research from the OPAL and POERUP projects. The current version of the chapter has the following conclusion: As stated at the start of this chapter, OER and MOOCs are challenging traditional educational institutions and their associated business models. OER and MOOCs are […]
The worlds largest flipped classroom
This is a special guest post by associate professor Carl Reidsema from the University of Queensland. Nice work Carl! The Day the US President Dropped in on the World’s Largest Flipped Classroom at the University of Queensland for the G20  There’s certainly a lot of hype and interest in what the world’s most powerful man, […]
Launch of the EMMA MOOC platform
Monday 20th October sees the launch of the EMM MOOC platform (see The EU-funded EMMA project aims to: showcase excellence in innovative teaching methodologies and learning approaches through the large-scale piloting of MOOCs on different subjects. EMMA will provide a system for the delivery of free, open, online courses in multiple languages from different […]
ELene2Learn conference
I am doing a keynote this afternoon at the elene2learn conference in Barcelona. The programme can be found here. I will focus on the notion of disruptive education and will argue that teachers and learners need new digital literacies to harness the potential of technologies. I have mapped the nine elene2learn competencies to the digital literacies described by Jenkins et […]
A talk in Spanish
This afternoon I am doing an online talk to Ibiza. I am going to attempt to do it in Spanish. Here is the transcript and a link to the slides. Let’s hope my Spanish isn’t too bad and that the audience understand me! I must be mad! Gracias por la invitación . Voy a tratar de dar […]
Disruptive innovation and the emergence of the PLE+
I am currently in Kuala Lumpur doing a keynote at the 5th International Personal Learning Environment (PLE) conference. The focus of my talk is on the notion of ‘PLE+’, i.e. I want to argue that we are entering a third phase of learning environments; the first are Virtual Learning Environments (where tools are provided by the […]
DCU launch
I’ve just returned from a trip to Dublin, where I am visiting professor at Dublin City University (DCU), working with Mark Brown and his team. Mark is the director of the new National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL). Yesterday was the launch of a new digital technologies initiative, called Connected. It is DCU’s new offering in […]
Day to day
Every now and then I think it is useful to reflect on the range of activities I do as part of my day job. Over the last couple of days I have been working on a number of things.   A chapter on the 7Cs of Learning Design, a draft of which I circulated via social […]
An evaluation checklist for course design
I am currently working on a chapter on the 7Cs of Learning Design, for a book that James Dalziel is editing. Today I have been working on the Consolidate C and in particular I have been writing about rubrics and checklists to evaluate the effectiveness of a design. Below is one example, comments welcome Are learning […]
Disruptive education
On Monday I did a talk at a National Forum seminar at Athlone Institute of Technology. The theme was the flipped classroom. I focused on the concept of disruptive education and looked at this from four perspectives: the flipped classroom, opening up education, e-pedagogies, and Learning Design. In terms of the flipped classroom I argued […]
National Institute for Digital Learning
I’ve just got back from Ireland, where I had my first taste of being an adjunct professor with Dublin City University (DCU). I am working with Mark Brown who is heading up the new National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL). On Monday Mark and I talked at a National Forum seminar in Athlone. The theme was […]
Persona cards
One of the most important design decisions you need to make is considering the nature of the learners who will take your course or module. Students on a first-year undergraduate Mathematics course will be very different from post-graduates undertaking a Continuous Professional Development course or those taking an evening class in Spanish. The Persona cards are a […]
Good practice in the design and delivery of MOOCs
We are currently evaluating the two MOOCs were are delivering on the FutureLearn platform. In addition, we are currently finalising material for a Technology-Enhanced Learning MOOC as part of the EMMA project. From the findings we have been able to derive the following good practice guides for the design and delivery of MOOCs. Keep the MOOC relatively […]
Tips for designing MOOCs and useful teaching strategies
As part of the EMMA project we are developing a series of MOOCs which will be delivered through the MOOC aggregator platform. Tomorrow we at Leicester are leading a webinar with partners to share best practice in MOOC design. In advance I have created a document sharing tips and hints for good design of MOOCs and a […]
A 12-Dimensional Classification Schema for MOOCs
Introduction Every few years a new disruptive technology emerges, i.e. something that fundamentally changes the way we do things (Christensen 1997). The Internet, mobile devices and even Virtual Learning Environments are all examples. With the Internet, institutions moved from communication through paper memos to ubiquitous use of email, similarly all departments have a web presence, […]
The Create Learning Design C
I am currently writing a book on Learning Design, which is intended to provide a practical hands on guide to designs, built around the 7Cs of Learning Design framework. This post is a draft of what I have written so far on Chapter Three – The Create C (formally the Capture C). The current version […]
Learning Designs
I am writing a book which will be published by Routledge. It provides a description of a range of designs around the 7Cs of Learning Design framework. So far I have 81 designs which are listed below. Any more suggestions for things to include do let me know! Each learning design is anticipated to be […]
Reviewing the trajectories of e-learning
Digital technologies have moved from being a peripheral innovation to being part of the core services we offer learners. Today’s learners have grown up in a world of computers and the Internet and see such technologies as a key part of their learning toolset (Sharpe and Beetham 2010). Digital technologies enable learners to engage with […]
The lecture capture debate
At Leicester we are currently trialing two lecture capture systems – Echo360 and Panopto. This has been driven from the students; the student union found that around 85 % of students said that they would welcome lecture capture. Today we had a debate on the topic. The panel consisted of two academics, a student and […]
Technology impact
Just been asked the following question: What are the most effective uses of mobile and online technologies in education? Here is my answer…  For me mobile and online technologies have transformed my practice as a learner, teacher and researcher in a number of ways. Firstly, social media mean that I am now part of a […]
Emergent technologies videos
I am doing a keynote later this week at the 63rd ICEM conference in Singapore and wanted some new videos on emergent technologies. Here are a couple of classics…. ·      Social Media Revolution 2013 ·      Micheal Wesch the machine is us/ing us ·      Micheal Wesch – a vision of students today […]
Epigeum interview
Today I was interviewed by people from Epigeum. Interesting set of questions, thought I’d provide a summary of my answers here. Questions 1.     Why is it important for an online teacher to establish a social presence with his/her online class? Establishing an online social presence is essential. In face to face situations you can gauge the […]
The hazards of online dating
Social media is great – right? I have made more connections through fb and Twitter than I can count, and have then met people face – to  – face and they have become friends. Cristina Costa, Ricardo Torres and many more. And online dating is a great way to meet people – right? You can […]
Digital Literacies in Education – Forward
New technologies offer a rich variety of ways in which learners can interact, communicate and collaborate, however both learners and teachers need to develop a complex set of digital literacies in order to harness the potential of these media.  This edited collection is an output from a DIVERSE conference held at Dublin City University in […]
Update on the METIS project
Last week I attended a METIS project meeting in Barcelona. It was an excellent and productive meeting. We are at an important stage in the project. We have developed an Integrated Learning Design Environment (ILDE), which brings together the research work we have been doing over the last ten years. The ILDE covers conceptual design, authoring and […]
The dreaded ref….
So it’s REF (Research Excellence Framework) time again and the game of which publications to submit, and I have to say I am not having a good time. Publications are rated on a scale of 1 – 4, which 4 being internationally excellent. My book ‘Designing for learning in an open world’ was reviewed as ‘a major […]
Educational Media International
  I’ve just got the latest issue of Educational Media International, which has six papers focusing on Learning Design research. The first paper by Johannes Cronje is entitled ‘What is this thing called “design” in design research and instructional design’. The paper critiques design research. It describes the design research cycle as consisting of four […]
The JISC PLACES project
  We have just completed our JISC-funded PLACES project, which focused on evaluating the use of iPads in a Masters course offered by Criminology.  Ming Nie and Terese Bird worked on this, along with Nichola Hayes from our Academic Practice team and Adrian Beck, head of Criminology. They have produced a detailed case study and a video. […]
Leicester on iTunes U
Sharing out to the world with iTunes U from tbirdcymru The University of Leicester launched on iTunes U on 16th March 2013. Yesterday Terese Bird ran a workshop describing the history of iTunes and the pros and cons in relation to other media channels such as YouTube and also the process Leicester went through in […]
Negotiating disruptions in learning space and time
I am delighted that Gregor Kennedy from the University of Melbourne is coming to give us a talk at Leicester on Friday. I have known Gregor for many years, through the ASCILITE community and he and his team do great research, of particular note is his research on learner experiences of using technologies. So if […]
EDEN fellow award
  I was absolutely delighted to be awarded an EDEN fellowship at the annual conference in Oslo last week. It was a tad embarrassing though as I had left the conference to go back to my hotel after a long day of meetings, and so missed being given the award, but luckily caught up with […]
POERUP OER classification
I have been recently thinking about adapting my classification for MOOCs to describe OER communities/initiatives thoughts welcome. Each dimension can be considered in terms of whether it is evident low, medium or high. Will discuss this tomorrow in our POERUP meeting.  Some initial thoughts…
Collaborative writing
Nice blog post by Helen Beetham on the ‘live writing’ approach we adopted for the conclusion chapter to the second edition of ‘Rethinking pedagogy for a digital age’. Helen states that she was slightly nervous about this. I think what made it work was that we all knew each other well and have collaborated extensively over the […]
OU China Delegation
Last week we hosted 28 delegates from OU China. Pal Edirisingha put together a great programme for them; covering aspects of our research in ILI, as well as presentations from people across the university. This included Adrian Beck talking about the use of iPads in Criminology, Phil Wood talking about creating ebooks with iBooks Author, […]
ILI Research Workshop
  Twice a year we run a two-day research workshop for our PhD students. Pal Edirisingha always puts together a rich programme for these events and they are always enjoyable and productive. One of the themes for the forthcoming workshop will be a session to help with research writing and getting published. Writing is always […]
Young scholars’ plenary session at EDEN
At this week’s EDEN conference one of the sessions I am involved with is a plenary for young scholars. To kick-start the discussion Eva Suba has set up a page with a number of hot topics for discussion: Using technologies effectively to meet the needs of a diverse student population How to acquire sufficient theoretical grounding in […]
EDEN conference design workshop outline
As I mentioned before, this week I am running a workshop at the EDEN conference in Olso on Learning Design and Designing TEL spaces. Below is an outline of the session, with links to all the resources. The resources are based on the 7Cs of Learning Design framework  and on iTunes U here, as well as the […]
INNOQUAL journal – first issue!
I have been involved with the EFQUEL community for a number of years now. It’s a great group and the annual conference in September is always good. Recently in addition to this we have established a new journal INNOQUAL, which will focus on quality issues in the use of technologies in education. This is an under-researched area I think […]
Rethinking pedagogy for a digital age
I was delighted to receive a copy of the 2nd Edition of ‘Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age by Helen Beetham and Rhona Sharpe (Beetham and Sharpe 2013).  The second edition has been substantially revised and has a lot of new content, not surprising given the fast moving pace of Learning Design as a research […]
MSc in Learning Innovation structure
As part of the programme for the delegation from the Open University in China this week, Palitha Edirisingha gave an overview of our new part-time online MSc in Learning Innovation, which starts in October 2013. Figure 1 shows the full-time on campus version, alongside the online one. Figure 2 shows the modules and when they […]
What is Learning Design?
One of the modules in our new MSc in Learning Innovation is entitled: Learning Design for the 21st Century. Talking to my colleague Paul Rudman the other day, he wondered whether people would understand the term Learning Design. So I thought in this blog post I would unpack it a bit. Essentially it is about […]
EFQUEL are running an interesting project at the moment, namely 12 weeks of blog posts looking at MOOCs and quality. There have already been some great inputs, particularly from MOOC pioneers like Stephen Downes and Dave Cormier. This week it is my turn. I focused on describing a new classification scheme for MOOCs. Comments welcome!
EDEN design workshop
Mike Keppell and I have had a workshop accepted for the EDEN conference in Oslo next week. The workshop will combine elements of the 7Cs of Learning Design framework and the principles for designing Technology-Enhanced Learning spaces developed as part of the Spaces for Knowledge Generation project that Mike was involved with. The workshop will give participants the chance […]
Update on the storyboard
This week we have a large delegation with us from OU China. Palitha Edirisingha has put together a fantastic programme, Terese Bird is doing a great job behind the scenes on the technical side of things, including recording the sessions and Ming Nie has been translating. Yesterday we ran a 7Cs of Learning Design workshop with […]
Earlier this week I attended an ICEM (International Council for Educational Multimedia) board meeting in Vienna. ICEM has a long history, going back over 60 years, starting with a focus on film, through to today’s rich multimedia offerings. ICEM as an organisation hosts an annual conference, this year it is in Singapore at the beginning of October, […]
The iPad mini a month on….
So I have now been using my iPad mini in earnest for a month. It has already become an essential tool that goes everywhere with me! I use it for most things, browsing the Internet, reading blog posts, and of course answering emails. The SpringPad App is fantastic as a way of curating and organizing […]
Fahrenheit 451
I have just finished reading Fahrenheit 451, I can’t believe I haven’t read it before now! It is put in the same category as books like 1984 and Brave New World. It centres on a future where firemen don’t put out fires, but instead burn books, which are considered dangerous. It is a world dominated by […]
MSc in Learning Innovation
  I’m really excited about running our new Masters in Learning Innovation in October. The course will be available online and can be taken either full-time or part-time. There are four 30 credit modules on: Technology-Enhanced Learning, Learning Design for the 21st Century, Research Methodologies and Case Studies of Innovation, plus a 60 credit dissertation […]
A new classification for MOOCs  EFQUEL are currently running a twelve-week series of blog posts on MOOCs,[1] I am due to write a post in a couple of week’s time, this blog post is a draft, comments welcome! This post argues that the current discourse around the concept of xMOOCs (primarily based around interaction with content and essentially adopting […]
The Trip to Tipp!
I’ve just attended the ICT education conference in Thurles, Ireland, affectionately known by the locals as the ‘Trip to Tipp’. I ran a one-day Learning Design workshop on Friday, with about 16 participants. There was lots of interaction and great discussions. The conference was held on Saturday with teachers from across Ireland attending. There were […]